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Artwork

Kazari + Ziguzagu stock a very broad and ecelectic range of artwork from 17th century Japanese paintings, screens and scrolls through to contemporary Japanese and Chinese prints, contemporary works on canvas and artworks by local artists, such as John Bartlett, Shin Koyama and Lou Xiang. Artists show their work at KAZARI+ Ziguzagu because of a connection either in technique, form, subject matter or philosophy with the aesthetics, cultures, and social issues related to the Asian Pacific region often with an emphasis on cross cultural referencing. Whether they are rich in colours, or more subtle monochromes - they are usually unique in the world of art for bold designs and compositions.

  • Japanese Screen - JS18

    Japanese Screen - JS18


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    6 panel Kano School Dragon screen attributed to Kano Tanyu (1602-1674), 17th century signed and sealed

    Here the dragon emerges from the swirling cosmic dust of the universe. The dragon represents yang, which encompasses light, the sun, the heavens, active forces and masculine forces.

    Originally one of a pair, the other being a tiger, together the dragon and tiger are celestial companions and represent both the cosmic and earthly powers of this world. Together they symbolize the duality of the universe - the yin and yang. The tiger represents darkness, the moon, and the earth and feminine forces.

    Kano Tan'yu (1602-1674) was one of the foremost Japanese painters of the Kano school. Originally named Morinobu, he was the eldest son of Kano Takanobu and grandson of Kano Eitoku, founders of the Kano school of painting.

    From 1617, Tan'yu as an official artist of the Tokugawa shogun, worked on large scale commissions at Edo, Nijo, Osaka, and Nagoya castles, where his screens and panels in vibrant colours with subjects such as tigers birds and plants were used to bring nature inside, while his extensive use of gilding was designed to reflect light within the dark interiors of these castle spaces.

    This bold combination of colour and gold now exemplifies the tastes and aesthetic sensibilities of the aristocratic Daimyo class of the Momoyama period.

    Though well known for his colourful pieces, Kano Tan'yu was also accomplished in classical monochromatic ink painting, creating works more reminiscent of the Chinese scholar painters in both style and subject matter.

    Tan'yu's masterful handling of ink and use of light and dark is evident in the swirling tempestuous clouds and the powerful snaking form of the dragon that dominates the composition of this screen, with a comparable example being the famed 'Unryu-zu' dragon ceiling painted over the course of eight years by Tan'yu for the Myoshin-ji temple in Kyoto.

    Materials: ink on paper with silk brocade borders and a lacquered wood frame 

     

    Dimensions: H 173cm x W 370cm

     


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